Most of us commute to work, David on the other hand rides his Bull by its horns on his way to work !!
Arnab: David, you are fairly new to the UAE, how has the driving environment been different from that of back home in the US?
David: UAE driving is comparable to the city driving from the states except you get cut off a lot more here. You have to be a more defensive driver in the UAE versus the states. Overall, once you get accustomed to the driving style you will adjust accordingly
Arnab: Your first car in Abu Dhabi was the Porsche 911 Turbo and now you have the Gallardo. How are the two cars different from one another?
David: I have always been a Porsche guy and in the states I had a 911 with some modifications (coilovers, rims, body kit). The cars’ handling was amazing, both for daily driving and on the track. Now with the Gallardo, the curb appeal is much more, but it is too hard to drive easily especially during rush hour. I love the Lamborghini’s style but I think overall in terms of performance and handling I would have to go with the Porsche. Ideally I would like to have the 911 Turbo as a daily driver and the Gallardo for the weekends
Arnab: Has the heat affected the performance of the car in any way?
David: Not that I am aware since the cars I have owned are GCC spec’d. No issues so far
Arnab: Any mods planned for the Gallardo? Or are you happy with the way it is?
David: I would love to do mods on the car but I just do not see any good shops here, even the dealers are a bit sketchy in the UAE. Aftermarket parts are also expensive here because of heavy markups, so for the time being it would be stock. If I had it my way, at a minimum I would have lowered the car by about an inch / inch and a half and a put on some nice rims, along with a performance chip and exhaust. This will more likely happen when I go back to the US
Arnab: US has a huge culture around its automotive fraternity. There are forums specific to the cars as well as tuners. Did you find the same experience here and if not then how different is the automotive culture here from that of the US?
David: The automotive culture is still emerging here, the styles and taste are also different from that in the US. There is a potential for the culture being bigger with the exotics around but still its still in an infant stage as compared to the US
Arnab: It may be too soon to even think of replacing the Gallardo but are you thinking of your next acquisition?
David: I am juggling between an upgrade to the newer LP models or getting a 911 PDK Turbo. But right now I am still happy with the Gallardo, so it might be a keeper for a while.
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